Kobe in 1959
|Born||Gabriella Joyce Kobe
March 19, 1932
Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||August 1, 2013
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Richard I. Kramer (April 26, 1957–19??)
Edward S. Lees (1971–1972; divorced)
During the 1950s/60s, she made guest appearances on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Bourbon Street Beat, Whirlybirds, The Californians, The Rebel, Felony Squad, Ironside, The Outer Limits, Hogan's Heroes, The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, Empire, Gunsmoke, Daniel Boone, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables and Mannix.
On February 17, 1959, Kobe was cast in the episode "Disaster Town" of the syndicated series, Rescue 8, in the role of Ellen Mason, a mother looking for her son, Jimmy, in a western ghost town. Actor Jay North played Kobe's missing son. Rescuers Wes Cameron (Jim Davis and Skip Johnson (Lang Jeffries) are called when Ellen is trapped after she slips through the floor of an abandoned building.
On NBC western series, Laramie, Kobe played a a saloon girl, Lottie Harris, in the episode "Gun Duel" (aired December 25, 1962). The story line revolves around Jess Harper, played by Robert Fuller, is the weekend deputy while Sheriff Mort Corey (Stuart Randall) is away on business. Corey's newly married nephew, Johnny Hartley, wants to become a deputy also, but finds he is unsuited for the work after nearly getting killed by a gunshot from two bank robbers. Lottie had hoped to marry the third bank robber,[clarification needed] who falsely promised to take her to California. In a dramatic scene, Harper advises Lottie to stop gazing out the hotel window at the street and look in the mirror to overcome her own weaknesses.
Kobe had a six-month role as Doris Schuster in ABC's Peyton Place, and a recurring role on the CBS western, Trackdown. She appeared on daytime television in the NBC serial Bright Promise as Ann Boyd Jones (1970–72).
Kobe began to work behind the camera as supervising producer and associate producer on such daytime programs as CBS's The Edge of Night and NBC's Return to Peyton Place. From 1981–82, its final year on the air, Kobe became executive producer of the NBC soap opera, Texas. From 1983–86, she was the executive producer of CBS's Guiding Light and then served as a producer on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful from its debut in 1987 through the early 1990s.
For the last two years of her life, the twice married Kobe resided at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home, Woodland Hills, California, where she died on August 1, 2013, aged 81, from undisclosed causes.
- Funeral info re Kobe, freep.com; accessed February 26, 2014.
- Some sources have cited 1929 or 1931 as possible years of birth, but U.S. census records indicate 1932, and 1972 California divorce records from her husband, Edward S. Lees clearly states 1932 as her year of birth
- According to the 1940 United States census records, her name is listed as "Gabriella Kobe" and her age is eight years old, indicating 1932 year of birth; it is unclear if her parents, listed as Benjamin and Theresa Kobe, changed their apparent original surname (Kieliszewski) before the census, or if they adopted the name at some other time.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: State of California. California Divorce Index, 1966-1984. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
- "Disaster Town on Rescue 8, February 17, 1959". IMDb. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- ""Gun Duel", December 25, 1962". IMDb.com. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
- Gail Kobe obituary, deathnotices.michigan.com; September 22, 2013; accessed February 26, 2014.
- Gail Kobe at the Internet Movie Database
- Notice of death of Gail Kobe, deadline.com; accessed February 26, 2014.